Students from all over the world are trained in this field to become professional horn players and are primed to play as musicians in a professional orchestra. Adriaan van Woudenberg, Jacob Slagter (Solo Hornist Concertgebouw Orchestra), Hubert Crüts (Solo Hornist Gürzenich Orchester Köln) and Erich Penzel (Professor HFM Köln) have already preceded you.
The Bachelor's programme focuses mainly on developing musical and technical skills. Much attention is paid to the standard solo repertoire, chamber music and orchestral playing.
During the Master's programme, the focus is on the creative personality and the general musical excellence of playing the horn in various musical styles from Baroque to contemporary music.
In both the Bachelor and the Master, students are trained in auditing. In preparation for important horn competitions throughout Europe.
During class concerts, students are given the opportunity to perform accompanied by piano. They learn to play together by forming ensembles with 4 to max. 18 horn players. In this way they learn flexibility, which later in the professional field is extremely important for harmonious interaction (both musically and psychologically).
Teachers Willy Bessems (1/3 Hoornist Gürzenich Orchester Köln) and Will Sanders (Professor HFM Karlsruhe, formerly Solo Hornist Symphony Orchestra Bayerischen Rundfunk, Solo Hornist Bayreuther Festspiele.) work closely together and complement each other in the field of musicality. Will Sanders has extensive experience in the symphonic field, starting in opera himself and playing chamber music and recitals at the highest level.
Willy Bessems is still active in the orchestra world and his opera knowledge is also of enormous importance.
Masterclasses are organized annually with guests such as Günther Högner, Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatkovitsch, André Cazalet, Radek Baborak, Guido Corti, Stefan Dohr, and Andrew Bain.
Alumni of the horn class now play in orchestras such as the Symphonie Orkest Bayerischen Rundfunk, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, SWF Radio Orchestra, NHK Japan, Bogota Philharmoniker, etc.
Or work at universities such as The University of Arts and Music Geidai Tokyo, University EAFIT Colombia, HFM Hannover, HFM Köln, HFM Karlsruhe etc.
Before you apply
The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate needs to record 2 videos that contain:
Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.
Video 2: In the second video, the candidate demonstrates his/her artistic and technical skills. The video should be recorded in one take, without cuts or any edits. The candidate should start by speaking their name and student number of Conservatorium Maastricht. The video should contain the following pieces
Two recital pieces: concerto, sonata, or solo piece of contrasting character, having the level of the following pieces:
W.A. Mozart: Horn concerto no. 4
R. Strauss: Horn concerto no. 1 op. 11
H. Neuling: Bagatelle
R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro
V.D. Kirchner: Tre Poemi
O. Messiaen: appèl interstellaire
Four Orchestral excerpts
The candidate records 4 orchestral excerpts that are regularly asked in auditions for orchestral jobs.
The excerpts have to be from different historical styles.
Additional videos (not required): the candidate may provide concert video registrations.
The videos should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that the video links work.
The committee may decide to invite the candidate for an online or in-person live audition after reviewing the video material. The repertoire for the live audition remains the same. Additional repertoire requests can be made by the committee.
In the second round, the candidate is always invited to an online interview with one of the Master Project Coaches. In this interview we discuss the candidate's motivation and experience in the field of research and cultural entrepreneurship. The Master Project Coach furthermore determines the level of English proficiency.